Introducing ThinKeys. The first split ortholinear laptop keyboard with a pointing stick.
Hi! Thank you for your interest. ThinKeys is a drop-in replacement keyboard for select models of Lenovo ThinkPad laptop. It will have the following features:
- Ortholinear grid layout. More layouts may be offered in the future based on demand.
Split halves that can be pushed together to fit inside the laptop or pulled apart for external use (over USB).
The board is 60% size, as most laptop keyboards are. 40% lovers can get some extra unibody fixed split action just by not populating the center of the board with switches.
Plate blockers can be used to cover up unused switch ports.
Special low profile mounts for Pro Micro style MCUs with optional hotswap capability.
First edition compatible models: Lenovo ThinkPad models T410-T430, T510-T530, W510-W530, and X220-X230 (including s, i, and t suffixed variants). More model support may be offered in the future based on demand.
- The pointing stick module will not be an existing model or involve cannibalizing existing keyboards. It will be offered separately; go ahead and fill out the interest check even if you're not interested in the keyboard!
- Kailh X (PG1425) switches and caps are used to keep the board low profile enough to fit inside the laptop without touching the screen. Again, they will be offered separately; go ahead and fill out the interest check even if you're not interested in the board. Switch testers will be available.
If you are interested, we encourage you to fill out the interest check form!
The most up-to-date information can always be found (or asked for) on an active chatroom synced across Discord and Matrix (join on whichever you prefer). There is also a room on the Low Profile Keyboards Discord server.
Free-design and open source hardware (GitHub). Videos (YouTube) have been made discussing various design decisions from a technical perspective. Future videos will include customer-facing overviews demonstrating the overall user experience and the available keyswitch options.